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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Launched in 1996, PRI's The World, a co-production of WGBH/Boston, Public Radio International, and the BBC World Service. The World's coverage is provided by a global network of international journalists. The program also has access to the 250 BBC correspondents located around the world. Unique in public radio, this network works in concert with the program's multinational team of producers and editors, and brings an exceptional depth of understanding and freshness of perspective to the program content. The result is an award-winning hour of breaking news, in-depth features, hard-hitting commentaries, and thought-provoking interviews found nowhere else in U.S. news coverage. PRI's The World -- international news for an American audience.

Greek people paralyzed by 'overwhelming, deep uncertainty'

Jul 9, 2015
Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The situation in Greece starting to sound like the boy who cried "deadline."

Deadlines have come and gone, but this is the real deal, says BBC correspondent Mark Lowen.

And the Greek people are anxious for the reckoning day to finally arrive. They've been riding an emotional roller coaster since the crisis began.

"The first emotion was absolute anger, fury and rioting. Then there was depression. And now it's just that overwhelming, deep uncertainty," Lowen says.

Babs Baay

When the Malaysian airliner, flight MH17, was shot down over eastern Ukraine nearly a year ago, the BBC's Natalia Antelava was soon reporting from the scene. A chance encounter gave her a personal connection with one of the dead passengers, and — as she describes here — prompted her to find the woman's sister.

Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Half of Syria is on the run. 

In what is now being called the largest exodus from a single conflict in a generation, more than 11 million Syrians are either displaced from their homes inside the country, or have fled across the border. 

"That is an implosion of absolutely fundamental, almost biblical proportions," says David Miliband, the president of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Foreign Secretary. "What the people are saying to us, to all of our staff there, is 'Has the world forgotten us?'" 

They’re barely 8 weeks old, they squeak like Gremlins — and they’ve stolen Canada's heart.

Two black bear cubs were orphaned earlier this month when their mother was killed for breaking into a meat freezer inside a mobile home in Port Hardy, British Columbia. A conservation officer, Bryce Casavant, was called out to the home when the cubs were discovered clinging to a tree near the place where their mother had been killed.

Casavant was ordered to euthanize the 25-pound cubs.

Instead, he rescued them.

Explainer: My Big Fat Greek Debt

Jul 9, 2015
Jean-Paul Pelissier

To understand Greece’s debt crisis you need some context for how things got so bad for Greece.

How did Greece get to this point? The 2008 Financial Crisis

Greece was punched square in the mouth by the 2008 financial crisis, and by October 2009 the country admitted that it hadn’t been upfront with the international community on exactly how much debt it was in. Hint: It was A LOT.

Nobody Wanted to Loan Greece Money.